TM senior official reinstated despite sexual harassment charges

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A Transport Malta official on bail following sexual harassment charges has been reinstated after having his suspension lifted, one among over 30 officials Prime Minister Robert Abela returned to the job despite ongoing criminal proceedings.

Clint Axisa, 44, is a Labour Party activist from Fgura, a district contested by  Transport Minister Chris Bonett.

Earlier this week, Axisa was seen in a new office at Infrastructure Malta, where Transport Malta officials asked him to start reporting for work.

So far, neither Transport Minister Chris Bonett nor the CEOs of Infrastructure Malta and Transport Malta, Ivan Falzon and Mark Mallia, have replied to The Shift’s questions on the matter.

After facing media scrutiny and pressure from independent MEP candidate Arnold Cassola, Clint Axisa was charged in court in February 2022. He stands accused of several criminal acts, including non-consensual sex with a female colleague, as well as sexually harassing her and another woman.

Axisa has denied all the charges.

 

TVM reporting Axisa’s arraignment in 2022.

As a result of these charges, Axisa was suspended from his Transport Malta job and put on half-pay until the court case was completed.

The lifting of Axisa’s suspension and his work reinstatement is the latest in a series of similar events over the last few weeks.

At least 36 civil service employees have already been reinstated despite still facing criminal proceedings in court.

Neither Prime Minister Robert Abela nor his Principal Permanent Secretary, Tony Sultana, have so far explained this departure from the Public Service Management Code (PSMC).

According to these rules, employees in public posts charged with criminal offences in court must be suspended from their jobs until their proceedings are over.

The Labour administration has already made exceptions to these rules.

One such case concerns Rabat Mayor Sandro Craus, who, despite charges of misappropriation of funds and the grating of a phantom job to Melvin Theuma – the middleman in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia – was still kept on a €65,000 OPM job through Projects Plus and will be contesting the local councils’ election again on Labour’s ticket.

                           

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makjavel
makjavel
1 month ago

So the Government is collecting back for their votes , criminals of all types.
Is it that bad the security of tenure of this government, that every criminal counts?

makjavel
makjavel
1 month ago

This is for the present Minister for Transport:

https://timesofmalta.com/article/Minister-stalls-over-publishing-bus-deal.553804

This is now well overdue and the media should get this agreement into the public domain.
Is this another Vitals type fraud?

KLAUS
KLAUS
1 month ago

Dear, Robert Abela,
I think it was a very bad idea of you.

For me it seems that you protect sexual perpetrators instead of supporting the victims and the Maltese women.

An answer please.

Best,
Klaus

Richard Leyshon
Richard Leyshon
1 month ago

Look, its clearly quite a simple equation! If you are in any way linked to, working for or support this administration you can do whatever you like, legal or not, and can be confident that you will not suffer any consequences. In fact, you may even get a promotion or pay rise. The rule of law is nothing more than a topic of debate.

D M Briffa
D M Briffa
1 month ago

It must be incredibly demoralising to be an honest and decent employee working at TM and see this kind of thing going on. The same goes, of course, for other government entities where similar stuff happens. If anyone fitting this description happens to be reading this, I have the following advice:

1 Donate regularly to The Shift, even if it’s only €5 a month.

2 Become a member of Repubblika (it’s €25 a year).

3 Join the monthly vigils for Daphne in front of the Siege Monument on the 16th, if you are brave enough to not mind being seen by work colleagues and others in photos of the events.

4 Don’t vote Labour in future, and encourage as many of your friends and acquaintances to do likewise.

If you don’t do one or more of the above, nothing is going to change.

Mark Debono
Mark Debono
1 month ago

Is there anything these labour people can do illegally that will have them fired never to be reinstated again ever (as long as they are found guilty)???

E .Abela
E .Abela
1 month ago

They need their votes.

carlos
1 month ago

Could be that all the people of trust by a corrupt government were made millionaires, but they lost all respect and honour – same as what happened to the most corrupt x pm Mata ever had.

wenzu
wenzu
1 month ago

MLP? Crooks? Seriously?

Alexei
Alexei
1 month ago

Clint Axisa alias il-Landa, is an ignorant lout who was appointed as Director of Lands Enforcement at Transport Malta when everybody knew that he is not even fit to carry out the most lowly of tasks. Besides working as a bouncer his other experience is in carnival floats.
Imagine this individual with minimal schooling, who used to work as a bouncer with his uncle’s security firm, being responsible for all Malta’s land traffic enforcement. Then you will comprehend better why institutions like TM can never function properly and safeguard law abiding citizens’ interests and wellbeing. Prior to the sexual harassment allegations Clint Axisa was also involved in various shady episodes within TM but these were all kept under wraps. The current Minister responsible for TM had better ensure that this individual is never entrusted with anything remotely close to his previous responsibilities, particularly traffic fines and infringements.

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